Code:PECBlue Danube Cruise with Frankfurt & Budapest 11Day

Sail to some of Europe's most spectacular cities and stay in Frankfurt and Budapest on this unforgettable 11-day odyssey, including a leisurely River Danube cruise.

After exploring Frankfurt, embark on your river ship at Passau for six wonderful days of cruising to Budapest. Pass by lush hills, picture-perfect towns, and the vine-coated slopes of the Wachau Valley, and stop to discover imperious Melk Abbey, pretty Durnstein and the grandeur of Vienna. Then, continue into Hungary and enjoy time to explore the historic town of Esztergom before cruising to Budapest for three full days in Hungary's magnificent capital.





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  • 60 Days advanced booking required
  • $300 per person deposit required


Day 1 | USA – Frankfurt, Germany  

Today, catch your international flight from the US to Frankfurt, Germany's fifth-largest city and one of the world's leading financial centers.

Day 2 | Arrive Frankfurt  DH

On arrival at Frankfurt Airport, meet your Peony Tours representative in the arrivals hall and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel in the heart of this buzzing city. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel or set out to discover some of the attractions of Frankfurt. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Day 3 | Frankfurt  B,D

Today, enjoy a city tour of Frankfurt, sometimes dubbed the‘world's smallest metropolis' for its skyline of 50 skyscrapers. Located on the River Mein, this bustling city is an exciting blend of modern architecture and history. Discover Frankfurt's highlights by coach, crossing the river Main for panoramic views of the imposing skyline, dominated by the European Central Bank. Following the route of the historical city walls, pass the grand Alte Oper (old opera house), Trade Fair Center, and main railway station. Afterward, hop out at the Paulsplatz for a walking tour of Frankfurt's old quarter, seeing landmarks such as the red-sandstone Frankfurt Cathedral, with its 95-meter Gothic tower. Delve into the indoor market and main shopping area, and see the Stock Exchange, one of the world's largest trading facilities. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner is served at local restaurant.

Day 4 | Frankfurt – Passau – Cruise Embarkation  B,D

Following a hotel breakfast, set off on a 10am transfer to Passau, a delightful German city set near the Austrian border where the River Danube meets the Rivers Inn and Ilz. Traveling southwest from Frankfurt through picturesque countryside, stop en route for lunch at leisure before reaching Passau. On arrival, board your comfortable cruise ship and after settling into your cabin, meet your captain and crew for a Welcome Cocktail Reception before dinner. Later, savor dinner in the glamorous dining room with its large picture windows. Tonight, your boat will sail for Austria's beautiful region of Engelhartszell, where the Danube winds through lush green mountains.

Day 5 | Cruise Passau – Melk Abbey, Austria – Durnstein – Vienna by Night  B,L,D

After breakfast, set off for Melk Abbey*. Overlooking the Danube from a rocky outcrop, this imposing Benedictine abbey has its origins in the 11th century and is a vision of Italian baroque architecture. Take a guided tour to admire its highlights, including the Marble Hall, Library, and bedchambers where many famous figures have slept, all graced with interior frescoes and gold leaf walls. Next, sail to Durnstein and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Delve into the pretty streets and admire the famous blue-painted baroque church and ruined castle, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the 12th century. Later, cruise through the vine-carpeted hills of the idyllic Wachau Valley toward Austria's capital of Vienna. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic evening tour around this magnificent city, once the hub of the Habsburg Empire and seat of the Holy Roman emperors. On your Vienna by Night tour, admire the city's famous Austro-Hungarian-era buildings, all beautifully floodlit in the gathering dusk. Drive around the Ringstrasse, the wide boulevard that encircles the old city, and admire landmarks such as the State Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Natural History Museum, City Hall, Burgtheater, and more. Tonight, your ship stays in port.

Day 6 | Cruise Vienna - en route Bratislava, Slovakia  B,L,D

Relax over breakfast and enjoy a morning devoted to the Schönbrunn Palace*, the one-time summer residence of the Habsburgs. Standing in spectacular gardens, this 1,441-roomed masterpiece was home to the Habsburg emperors from the 18th century to 1918 and is one of the best-preserved Baroque mansions in Europe. Enjoy a guided tour of the main rooms that reflect the former splendors of the Habsburg court, and enjoy time free to stroll through the ornamented gardens. Finally, return to central Vienna and enjoy time at leisure to explore the area around St. Stephen's Cathedral before returning to your ship. If you wish, choose to explore Viennese culture further on our optional High Art of Viennese Living tour (additional cost), which celebrates the city's classical music heritage and café society. In the afternoon, choose to enjoy Vienna independently or perhaps join us for an optional horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. Later, enjoy a festival gala dinner on board before cruising toward Budapest, passing Bratislava en route.

Day 7 | Cruise Esztergom, Hungary – Budapest by Night  B,L,D

After breakfast, enjoy time to explore Esztergom, situated on the Danube Bend. Once the capital of Hungary and still the center of the country's Catholic churches, this beautifully situated town is dominated by a vast, green-domed Basilica, sitting majestically on a hill above the river. After enjoying Esztergom, sail around the scenic Danube Bend, where the river loops and turns sharply toward Budapest, Hungary's historic capital and one of Europe's greatest cities. On arrival, perhaps get acquainted with Budapest independently before dinner on your ship. After dinner, admire the capital's evening lights on a panoramic coach tour, absorbing views over the illuminated city from Gellert Hill or the Buda Castle District, passing the floodlit Parliament building, Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, and other landmarks, and taking a stroll around the City Park to see the fairy tale-like Vajdahunyad Castle.

Day 8 | Cruise Budapest  B,L,DS

A full day in Budapest beckons, with the chance to immerse yourself in the ‘Pearl of the Danube' on our tours or to explore as you please. Divided into Buda and Pest by the Danube, this captivating city blends the medieval cobbles and churches of the old Buda Castle District with the elegant boulevards of commercial Pest. Our morning tour showcases both quarters, starting with the sight of the neo-Gothic Parliament from the iconic Chain Bridge. Delve into the UNESCO-listed Buda district, enjoying the dramatic views over the city from the Fisherman's Bastion and exploring the cobbled lanes to see highlights such as Matthias Church, the coronation site of many Hungarian kings. Finally, explore Pest, viewing must-sees including the Parliament building, Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, St. Stephen's Basilica, and the Szechenyi Thermal Baths, before a walk beside the Danube. If you desire, take an optional tour of Budapest by bike and this afternoon, perhaps immerse yourself the hot spring pools of the Gellert Bath or Spa (additional cost). Tonight, join us for a foot-tapping Hungarian Folklore Show, enjoying displays of regional Hungarian dance and gypsy music at a city theater.

Day 9 | Budapest – Cruise Disembarkation  B

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel in central Budapest for a 2-night stay. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy and explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps head for Andrassy Avenue to stroll and shop for souvenirs, soak in the warm spring waters of a thermal bath, or take a closer look at some of the monuments or landmarks glimpsed on your sightseeing yesterday.

Day 10 | Budapest at Leisure  B

Today brings another free day in Hungary's capital to spend as you please. You may want to delve into Hungary's history further at the National Museum, chart the country's darkest periods of history, under fascist and communist rule, on a visit to the House of Terror museum, or simply enjoy a relaxing day dipping in and out of Budapest's many enticing restaurants and cafes— the choice is entirely yours.

Day 11 | Budapest – USA  B

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Meal Code:
AB=American Breakfast, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner at Local Restaurant, DH=Dinner at Hotel, DP=Dinner Party, DS=Dinner & Show
Advertised land and cruise prices are per person in double occupancy, including all port fees and taxes on cruise, excluding air tickets.
Advertised single supplement prices are for hotel room and cruise cabin (upper deck of MS L'Europe for 5/27, main deck of MS Symphonie for 7/7, 8/16, and 9/25).
When the reserved cruise cabin for 7/7, 8/16, 9/25 are sold out, the upgrade surcharge to upper deck (twin room) is $150 per person. 
Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air packae prices are from New York (JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, excluding seat assignment fees.
Departure from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For the time zone of your specific cities please call Peony Tours.
LAX (May-Sep) / SFO (May, Sep)……………………………………………… $200
SFO (Jun-Aug)……………………………………….…………………………………..$300
Eastern Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………$200
Central Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………$200
Mountain Standard Time Zone ………………………………………..$300
Pacific Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………..$300
Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Peony Tours. For your preferred int'l carrier please call for pricing.
Child Rate (Age 2-10): The international airfare is same as a regular adult; If the child shares the same room/cabin with one adult throughout, the tour fare (land & cruise price) is 90% of the adult price.
Prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices, please check our website.

Price includes

    Mandarin Chinese and English-speaking tour manager throughout tour and cruise
    Overseas airport transfers on arrival and departure
    4 pre and post cruise hotel breakfasts, 2 dinners in Frankfurt
    Half-day Frankfurt sightseeing tour with a specialist local guide
    Deluxe air-conditioned coach with a professional driver
    5 nights' Danube Cruise on the CroisiEurope 4-star vessels. 5/27 on MS L'Europe (3-deck ship), 7/7, 8/16, 9/25 on MS Symphonie (2-deck ship).
    Cabins with private en-suite bathroom
    All meals on cruise, including 5 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners, with refined French cuisine at every meal
    Unlimited complimentary drinks with on-board meals and at bar, including fine wine, beer, spirits, bottled mineral water, sodas, speciality coffees and teas
    Welcome cocktail reception, gala dinner, and on-board professional entertainment 
    Sightseeing tours as shown as included in itinerary: Melk Abbey, Vienna by Night, Imperial Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace, Budapest by Night, Guided Tour of Budapest, Budapest Hungarian Folklore Show 
    Admission fees included for sightseeing attractions: 
    Melk:  Melk Abbey
    Vienna: Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna Konzerthous Concert Hall
    Free Wi-Fi in ship lounge and bar
    Free use of tablet during cruise
    Headsets for hearing guide clearly on all excursions

All Deluxe Hotels For Your Comfort

  • All deluxe 4-star hotel accommodations as listed or similar:
    Frankfurt: Leonardo Royal Hotel
    Danube River: CroisiEurope Cruises
    Budapest: Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget
Mailander Strasse 1, 60598 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
49 69 6802 0
Danube River Cruise
MS L"Europe (3-deck) or MS Symphonie (2-deck premium)
1-800 768 7232
Budapest-Margitsziget , 1007 Budapest, Hungary
36 1 889 4700

When the hotel listed above is not available under certain circumstances, a similar category hotel will be substituted.


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